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    China To Open First Military Base In Africa, Signs Deal With Djibouti

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    Djibouti also hosts about 4,000 U.S. military personnel at Camp Lemonnier. China has long had an economic foothold in Africa, but the base would be an expansion of its military prowess beyond the Asia-Pacific region. The base will allow China to improve its intelligence-gathering in the region, and increase its global stature. Some say this is threatening to the U.S.

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    African Retailers Embrace Black Friday, Prepare For Shopping Mayhem

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    In South Africa, many traditional retailers and online stores are jumping on the opportunity to drive shoppers to their stores…some, literally. Checkers Supermarket has joined forces with taxi-hailing company Uber for Black Friday. In Nigeria, Jumia online store is expecting sales off the charts, and hopes to exceed Alibaba’s “Singles Day” sales record set in China.

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    Wealthy U.S. Families Want To Invest In Sub-Saharan Family-Owned Agribusiness

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    These are not your typical private equity investors, says the CEO of The One Thousand & One Voices fund. They are prepared to take long-term views on investments. They already have two agribusiness acquisitions in South Africa and now they want more, despite the drought. They like family-owned businesses that are cash-flow positive. They want to invest between $10 million and $14 million.

  • Tourism

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Réunion By Joe Kennedy, 8:00 pm

    Réunion is an increasingly popular destination among tourists looking to get away from it all. It’s been in the news recently due to aircraft debris washing ashore and shark attacks, but there’s way more to the island than just a few news clips. If you head beyond the beaches and tourist lodges, you’ll find a ton to discover. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Réunion.

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    Kenya Says ‘Karibu Papa Francis’ As The Pope Starts His African Tour

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    Crowds lined the streets of Nairobi to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he arrived in Kenya for a three-nation African tour – his first to the continent as pontiff. A leading Muslim cleric in Kenya welcomed the visit, saying it gave hope to the “downtrodden in the slums”. More than 1 million people are expected at a mass Thursday at the University of Nairobi sports ground. About 63% of the 517 million sub-Saharan Africans are Christians.

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    Lines Out The Door As Krispy Kreme Opens In South Africa By Dana Sanchez, 3:50 pm

    A food critic described Wednesday’s launch of Krispy Kreme Africa like this: “For those eager to try this pillow of happiness, you may have to contend with a few other die-hard fans. The queues are worth the wait.” Krispy Kreme is licensed for 31 stores in South Africa and could be in six African countries within six years. The South African Krispy Kreme stores will be in malls. “The South African retail landscape is dictated by malls,” said the CEO for Krispy Kreme South Africa.

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    9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Art And Architecture Of The Proposed Rwandan Drone Ports

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    Drones have a bad reputation. So far, they’re known mainly for killing. Their utility for peaceful, life-affirming endeavors — delivering medicine to hard-to-reach African villages or pizzas to traffic-snarled city dwellers — remains, for the most part, the stuff of the imagination. A new project plans to expand the use of drones in everyday civilian life, making an infrastructural leap using technology. Here are 9 things you didn’t know about the art and architecture of the Rwandan drone ports.

  • Tourism

    Eating Out In Egypt: The Best Restaurants In Sharm El Sheikh

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    Sharm El Sheikh has been a popular getaway destination for decades. Far away from the pyramids and Cairo, the Red Sea town positions itself as a fun-in-the-sun tourist destination with dozens of resorts, boutique hotels, stylish shops and white-sand beaches. And of course a visitor has to eat, so it should come as no surprise that there are numerous fantastic eateries. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Sharm El Sheikh.

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